Paperback: 704 pages
Publisher: Corgi Childrens (7 Sep 2006)
I reviewed its predecessor, Eragon, about a year ago. I wasn't impressed by that one, but there's always hope that a young author will develop talents not previously perceptible.
Sadly, I don't think that's happened here. I think the author is too in love with the way that Tolkein wrote to realise that by now we've seen that too many times before. He is inventive, yes, but within the particular rather limited form of fantasy that has long been clear felled by Eddings, Brooks and the like. This needs more originality.